Tribal Habits vs Moodle Comparison

Making the right Moodle comparison is a critical decision that enables your organisation to drive growth, engagement and outcomes.

This page compares two of the key choices – a modern learning platform, like Tribal Habits, to a traditional learning management system – to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Tribal Habits is a modern learning platform designed to be an integrated solution for all learning and training needs, while integrating with other key platforms in your organisation – human resources, e-commerce, identity management (SSO) and communications.

Tribal Habits combines a learning management system, training content creation, a ready-made library of training modules, an image library and editor, video hosting and streaming, compliance and CPD tracking and learning data analytics.  

Moodle LMS

Moodle LMS is an open source learning management system. It was originally developed for educational institutions, but has branched into workplace learning management systems more recently.

Moodle is ‘open source’ meaning its code is available for free and updated by a team of developers at Moodle. This means, however, that your organisation must implement, host, secure and maintain Moodle itself on your own servers. Alternatively, you must partner with a ‘certified’ partner of Moodle who will set-up and maintain an instance of Moodle for your organisation.

Moodle comparison

Let’s start by comparing some of the key outcomes required by modern organisations for creating, sharing and managing learning.

Tribal Habits Learning Management System
Implementation and hosting
Full 'Software As A Service' platform, including secure hosting with AWS Australia, weekly updates, full security and all management and on-going feature improvements.
Requires self-hosting and management on own servers, with own security, patching and updating. Your organisation must maintain directly or pay for a Moodle partner to organise for you.
Content creation capability
Built-in fully featured training creation tools including guided process, real-time analysis, 20+ building blocks with 40+ layouts, 2 million image library, image editor and video hosting.
Often no training creation tools or limited to simple pages of text and images, external video links and basic quizzes. Usually requires separate elearning authoring software.
Access to ready-made training
Built-in library of 100s of ready-made training modules covering both compliance and skills. Modules created using built-in training creation tools with consistent interface and seamless blending with your own content.
No ready-made training included. Plug-ins available to link Moodle to content libraries (at additional cost for plug-ins and libraries). Content created by third-parties has different learner interfaces between each module.
Ready-made training in your branding
All ready-made training appears in your organisation's branding.
Ready-made training appears in the branding of the external company which created it.
Ready-made training can be edited
All ready-made training can be completely edited and customised by your organisation. Add policies, change scenarios, replace images, update quizzes and more.
Ready-made training cannot be edited or customised by your organisation.
Training data capture and reporting
Full capture of all learning data - progress, completion, assessments but also every answer to every quiz, question, poll, survey, activity and upload in every module. Full online and offline filtering and analysis.
Full capture of progress and completion data and assessment scores. Other learning data is typically not captured from externally produced training modules.
'Learner-first' user experience
Interface is designed for learners with prioritising dashboard, fully-responsive and accessible design, light-weight implementation with immediate load times and on-demand streaming of media. Administrators access a purpose-built interface for training management.
Learner interface can be customised (without customisation it is very basic). Wide range of customisation options using plug-ins and consultants to set-up and maintain (at a cost). Administrators can access a purpose-built interface for training management.
Only charges for active users
With Tribal Habits, you only pay for 'active users' each month - there is no charge for simply storing users. Tribal Habits has both monthly (PAYG) and annual (discounted upfront) plans, starting from just five users.
Technically the Moodle code is 'free'. However, your organisation will need to manage its only implementation, customisation, hosting, securing and updating. Alternatively, a 'certified' partner must be engaged to implement and maintain Moodle for you. Costs are highly variable and will include costs for plug-ins, customisation and changes.

Need to leave Moodle?

Many organisations are initially attracted to the perception of a ‘free’ learning platform with Moodle, only to realise it involves complex and costly implementation. If a ‘certified’ Moodle partner is required, these costs can quickly stack up, even for minor updates and changes.

However, it’s easy to move from Moodle into Tribal Habits.

  • Bring your legacy training content (SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, cmi5, xAPI and AICC).
  • Import historical training records (including completion and re-certification dates).
  • Integrate or upload existing user details in a variety of ways.

And there are no upfront costs and we have a range of training and support to assist.

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Avoid the hidden costs of a Moodle LMS!

COST ONE – Moodle LMS is not free. 

While Moodle is ‘open source’, this means your organisation becomes responsible for implementation. You need expert IT staff and dedicated servers for your Moodle LMS or to engage expensive consultants to manage for you.

COST TWO – Training content is not included. 

Like all traditional LMS platforms, Moodle does not provide you with training content. You either need to pay for plug-ins to access content libraries (at further cost) or find another solution to build your own training content. 

Tribal Habits is a complete software-as-a-service solution. One subscription includes your platform (fully managed), content creation, content library, training administration, on-going support and more.

"Tribal Habits gives us more control over our content in terms of developing and editing it. It’s much more responsive than other learning platforms we have used before, where you request changes and it takes a long time to be done. We can just make changes instantly now."

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"Tribal Habits is unique in the market as it allowed us to rapidly capture and transfer organisational knowledge via text, imagery, video and interactive elements. It also shares tips from participants, meaning the knowledge captured increases as users complete topics!"


"Content creation is easy and fun on Tribal Habits; the system’s built-in structure ensures that content is organised in a manner that enables the final output to be exactly what’s needed. This gives me great confidence that my training will hit the mark."

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"It would have taken us up to a year to create the topics using a traditional e-learning authoring tool. With Tribal Habits we were delivering amazing training in three months, and we've estimated the cost has been about 25% of what it would have been had we gone with a traditional solution."

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"Tribal Habits' online compliance library has been a game-changer for us. We now have total peace of mind that our people are safe and our brand and organisational reputation is protected. Delivering compliance training online has also saved us a significant amount of time, money and hassle."

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"Tribal Habits' video feedback on the topics we created is amazing - really useful suggestions and so easy to follow. People are already loving the training! The system is so easy to use, and the interactive elements have allowed us to make training a lot more engaging. We couldn't ask for anything more."

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